Bringing holiday cheer to needy seniors.
A drive is under way to make sure the senior community doesn't get left out.
But this year- there's a severe gift-shortage.
CBS47’s Lemor Abrams has more on how you can help.
Every year, charities generate piles of gifts for needy children.
This Christmas, some seniors are hoping they'll also be remembered.
“So many people think that Christmas is just for children. But it can be inter-generational,” said Elaine Frankian near the Senior Center Christmas Tree.
Elaine Frankian and her friends have celebrated several Christmases together at Twilight Haven Senior Center.
Last year they received a gift from a complete stranger.
“Oh my gosh, I've received pajamas, a blanket throw... I can't think of all I've received! It doesn't have to be anything big you know...it's just from the heart,” said Joyce Smith.
It's all part of the "Be a Santa to a Senior" program.
The founders of "Home Instead Senior Care" centers set up Christmas trees at businesses around Fresno county.
Trees are decorated with paper ornaments. People can grab one to show a senior they care.
“There were so many seniors forgotten around the holidays they didn't have friends family or they were outlived...no visitors...or low to no income,” said Program Coordinator Jen Doll.
But they're short 1,000 gifts, and seniors are asking for help.
“A lot of the seniors here don't have very much and they don't receive anything. And they would appreciate even the smallest gift,” said Marsha Hennessey.
Anything from a Snuggie to a pair of socks...
Elaine says it keeps them warm all year long,.
“When we're given something we realize oh wow people are thinking about us, but if it doesn't come we don't think about it that much,” said Elaine Frankian.
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